Supply of Animals
Animals in Research, Testing and Teaching
SPCA advocates that breeding, research, teaching, and testing establishments must reduce wastage of animals by national communication, coordination, and improved planning to avoid excessive breeding of animals in surplus to requirements.
SPCA opposes the practice of breeding excess animals for research, teaching, and testing because of the potential negative impacts on the welfare of unwanted animals.
Our organisation advocates that justification of the need for animals of a specific sex, age, or weight must be stringently and critically reviewed by AECs when deciding whether to approve research, testing, and teaching using animals.
Our organisation supports the use of tissue banks to promote the sharing of unused or discarded animal tissues that can be of benefit to other research, testing, or teaching.
SPCA supports the appropriate rehoming of animals used in research, testing, and teaching.
Our organisation advocates for the rehoming of animals used in research, testing, and teaching when they are able to adapt to life outside of the laboratory environment and live a life without significant compromise to their physical, health, and behavioural needs. SPCA supports institutional practices which aim to improve the success of rehoming of animals used in research, teaching, and testing such as socialisation to experiences which they may encounter after adoption.
SPCA advocates for supply of animals to include contingency planning related to major disruptions in operations and research that would impact the breeding and housing of animals.
(See The 3Rs: Replacement, Reduction, Refinement for more information)